-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tardy Tuesday...

Holy Hannah, friends. Are any of you still out there?  I keep trying to figure out whether or not I'm ready to get back to the blogging world. I miss writing and have 100,000 things to talk about, I just haven't been able to get these dang hands on my keyboard.

I decided to jump back into the online water by posting some pics of that little wedding thing that went down in June. It went off without too many hitches...

I know, I know, the hitches are what MAKES a blog post, but I'm going to keep it simple for now. The days and weeks up until the event seem like a blur, as did the week after. Though we're getting back in the groove, not having my little girl down the hall still hurts as much as I thought it would. She's happy, so mama's happy. Hey, we all know what happens when mama's happy...

On to the photos. (If you're a FB friend of my daughter or the man, I apologize. She and extended family had these babies floating around immediately.) If you're a FB friend of mine, congrats. I just got back on after forever and three days. The pics aren't up there because I'm procrastinating at actual procrastination. I'm going to be working hard once again at becoming the social butterfly I once was. Okay. No, I'm not. I've always been more like the caterpillar halfway out of the cocoon. I hope that's okay with you as well.

Let's replay some of that "DAY" together.



This is what we looked like trying to keep our emotions in check. Neither of us could stop crying.


Weeks of planning and there were still broken buttons, crooked ties, and a SPANX emergency. Never let someone tell you that SPANX can't be too small. I may have rearranged some internal organs...


This is one of my favorite pics from the wedding day. I love the look on A.'s face knowing that she's finally going to put on the dress she's been dreaming of. Look at her face, friends. There's going to be some serious twirling in that dress.

Okay. She's in the dream dress. Half an hour before the ceremony, someone brings in pizza. I have SPANX on. Who can eat pizza at a time like this? Oh yeah, my daughter. No regrets, she says. I love this girl.

After all the preparations, we were organized, seated, and waiting for the procession. I swear to you. The picture above. THAT is what I was planning on seeing. Our little girl being carried down the aisle. Probably not spinning. She's much too young for that...

And then there was this. My heart couldn't stay in my chest. It was successfully lodged in my throat. It's probably best, as I wanted to cry the mama-cry. No one needed to see or hear that. I love this picture with my soul. (Thx to my sister-in-law, Nicole, for capturing the moment.)

The ceremony was lovely. It was filled with the things the couple loved. The bride and groom were surrounded with all of the people that love them. (Thx to my father-in-law, John, for the picture.)

Here are the five friends A. chose to stand up for/with her.

After the ceremony, the whole bridal party danced their way off into the sunset. Actually, it was into the dining hall. I love this picture for many reasons. A. looks beautiful, Mr. S. looks happy, and my youngest, J., was breaking down over the permanency of losing his sister. It was heart wrenching to see. This reaction, however, had no effect on the boy's ability to moon walk backward down the aisle.

Here's my little man showing the ladies all that he's got.

Here's the teenager who was grown enough to give the whole day to his big sister.

This is what happens when you realize the wedding was ending and nobody got punched.

This is what exhaustion/sadness/happiness/pride/numbness and "let's-take-in-every-ounce-of-what-happened-here-today" looks like.


Thanks for taking a peek at what was a game changer for us. It was a whirlwind.. All of it. Seeing our new son-in-law look at our daughter and watching their friends laugh and dance with them gave us peace. All we needed at this time, was exactly what we got. 


Have a wonderful Tuesday, friends :)
-Michele


20 comments:

  1. I have tears in my eyes. The beauty of this day, this family, this milestone and all the emotions associated with it all is beyond words.
    Congratulations to the bride, the groom and all of their extended support system as you all start down a new road.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. It was a beautiful day. Thanks also, for the continuous love you have for my family. It means the world...

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  2. This blog was so perfect, and so was the day. Love to you my sweet mama! I'm always gonna be your little girl no matter how old I am. And your favorite child.. I'll always be that too ; )

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    1. I love you, A.
      You will always be the little girl up in that picture. Thanks for giving your dad and I those beautiful memories. I have 5 favorite children. I just refuse to rank them any further than that :)

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  3. Oh the tears......the many, many tears. Just seeing that picture of your husband and daughter made my face leak. Your family is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the day with us, Twinnie. Your daughter looked like a gorgeous princess, even with pizza......Congrats to her and her new hubby! And remember, Twinnie's Daughter.........a sense of humor makes getting through marriage easier...and less likely to end up with a criminal record!

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    1. Sarah, thanks for your sweet comment. Girls in my family are 9 times out of 10 going to be eating something in a photo :)
      Thank goodness for A.'s sense of humor. She's going to need it! Haha
      <3

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  4. What beautiful pics Michelle

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  5. The entire day was a great tribute to you and your family, with help from Mr S's family, too, and all the work, sweat, and tears that went in to making it such a great, beautiful, successful, and punchless occasion. You're proud of your husband and daughter and sons. We are, too. And, we're proud of you for holding it all together even when it seemed like it was all about to fly apart. I only get to do this once as a grandpa, and you made it everything I could hope for: beautiful bride; handsome groom; beautiful day (altho a bit too sunny and hot); and two families rejoicing in the love and commitment that was sealed that day. An old man couldn't ask for more...

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    1. I don't have words for how much it meant to have you there that day. Every one, every thing...it all amazed me. I'm so proud of the family we've built and grateful for the family my cute man came into the relationship with.
      The wedding was SO hot and a bit of a blur, but I'll never forget how I felt seeing the man walking A. down the aisle, or how loved I felt when you brought my baby brother up to the front to sit with me. Thank you for all of it.

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  6. Welcome back, Shellybean! Somehow I knew your wit and humor would be filling these pages again with wonderful tales and incredible stories as only you can tell them. And, what a way to start it off by recapping what was easily one of the biggest days for us in the last decade. It is a day that I am sure we all will remember. It was a wonderful ceremony filled with love and hope for the future. Through it all you were a perfect mother of the bride. It wasn't always an easy road, but the end result was more than worth it. We are certainly starting a new chapter in our lives and I am so grateful that I get to share that with you. Thanks for all that you do. Love, -M

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    1. Thanks, man. I appreciate your support through every aspect of this wonderfully-crazy time. Thanks to your patience and kindness, I'm still standing. Cheers to the next chapter <3

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  7. Love it!!! You were both beautiful and I was soooo happy I got to be a part of it!!
    and now you get to breathe........... :) love ya girl!!

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    1. We all are so glad you were able to share the day with us, as well <3 Inhale, exhale...

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  8. Congratulations! You both were so beautiful and such handsome men surrounding you. Even better, you all looked happy, exhausted, but happy. Best wishes to the new couple. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Ann. It went by so quickly. We WERE so exhausted! Haha. I think I'm still catching my breath... Glad you could see who that little tap dancer turned into :)

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  9. Congratulations! It looks like it was a beautiful wedding. But Michele you and your husband don't look like you are old enough to have someone getting married. Nice to see you back. XOX

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    1. Aw, thanks, Dawn. Hey, WE don't think we're old enough either!! Haha. Alas, we are and not going backwards any time soon. Thanks for the welcome back. It means a lot. Hope you are doing well :)

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  10. Dear Michèle, I finally got around to soaking up that happy wedding day! Look at those smiling faces and the blue skies :-) Thanks for sharing!
    I'm very happy to have you back here, and see you at UYW!

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    1. Aw, thanks for stopping by, Tamara. It was a lot of fun. Can't wait for UYW. It will feel good to be back in the mix :)

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